The Saint is a 2017 American action film directed by Ernie Barbarash[1] and starring Adam Rayner in the title role of Simon Templar, created by Leslie Charteris. This was Roger Moore's final film appearance and the film was dedicated to his memory as he died two months before the release; Moore portrayed Templar in a 1960s TV series of the same title. Filmed in 2013 as a television pilot for a proposed TV series, the film was not originally intended for release when the series was not picked up. It eventually saw release direct-to-video in 2017 when it was released in tribute to Moore following his death. Ian Ogilvy, who portrayed Templar in a 1970s TV series titled Return of the Saint, also appears.

The Saint
Official release poster
Written byCharacters:
Leslie Charteris
Jesse Alexander
Tony Giglio
Directed byErnie Barbarash[1]
Music byNeal Acree
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
CinematographyPaul M. Sommers
EditorsMichael Purl
Heath Ryan
Henk Van Eeghen
Running time91 minutes
Production companiesMotion Picture Corporation of America
Silver Screen Pictures
Original release
ReleaseJuly 11, 2017 (2017-07-11)

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Simon Templar, also known as "The Saint," foils a terrorist plot to trade gold for bombs. After seizing most of the gold, he leaves his signature calling card. Meanwhile, a mysterious figure instructs a banker, Arnie Valecross, to steal $2.5 billion in aid meant for Nigeria. Templar, aware of the theft, decides to recover the funds.

Valecross diverts the money, prompting his employer to kidnap his daughter. Templar intervenes, but Valecross is fatally wounded, revealing crucial information before dying. With Valecross out of the picture, Templar, along with his friend Patricia Holm and associate Doyle Cosentino, seeks the elusive "nomad" mentioned by Valecross.

As the FBI, led by Agent John Henry Fernack, pursues Templar, they all race against time to locate the nomad and retrieve the stolen funds. Along the way, they uncover connections between Templar's past and the mysterious employer orchestrating the chaos.

In the end, Templar successfully rescues the hostages, returns the money, and confronts the man responsible for his parents' death, ultimately opting for justice over revenge.

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Production edit

A new television adaptation of The Saint was announced in December 2012; Roger Moore was appointed to produce a new series to star Adam Rayner as Simon Templar and Eliza Dushku as his assistant Patricia Holm.[2][3] In a later promotion, it was also shown that Moore would star in the new series, as would his successor in Return of the Saint, Ian Ogilvy. Production of a pilot episode was completed by early 2013. As of summer 2014, it was awaiting a broadcast time in the U.S.[4] However, the piece underwent reshoots for the ending and add an extra prologue in November 2015, and the pilot episode was retooled as a TV film, The Saint, getting an online release on 12 July 2017, two months after Moore's death.[5]

The pilot was based upon the character created by Leslie Charteris in 1928, and although the plot of the film has no relation to any of Charteris' stories, the villain, Rayt Marius, was a recurring presence in the early Saint novels, and was the central villain of the 1930 novel The Last Hero.

Although the character of Patricia Holm was a regular presence in the Saint novels from the 1920s through the early 1940s, this was only the second production (after the 1943 film The Saint Meets the Tiger) in which she has appeared.

Inspector John Henry Fernack was also a prominent recurring character in the books.

While the pilot was directed by Simon West, the new material to extend it was directed by Ernie Barbarash. He had limited windows of availability for Rayner, who was busy on his series Tyrant, and Dushku; in the new material Rayner sports a beard, as in Tyrant, and Templar's new scenes with Holm take place over Skype calls so the actors did not need to be available on the same day. Inspector Fernack does not appear in the new scenes with the bearded Templar; an equivalent role is filled by Kyle Horne as FBI agent Cooper. Ian Ogilvy's role was greatly expanded, with new flashbacks to establish his backstory, and Roger Moore recorded new dialogue to replace lines which no longer fit the reworked plot.

References edit

  1. ^ a b BWW News Desk. "All-New Reboot of THE SAINT Arrives on Digital HD/VOD on Today".
  2. ^ "The Saint Is Back".
  3. ^ "Eliza Dushku To Co-Star In 'The Saint' Backdoor Pilot, Roger Moore To Co-Produce". Deadline Hollywood. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  4. ^ "The Saint – New TV Series Being Developed". Digital Spy. 30 April 2014.
  5. ^ "All-New Reboot of THE SAINT Arrives on Digital HD/VOD on Today". Broadway World. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.

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